Analy torches Dragon gridders
SONOMA’S JONNY AMANDOLI (83), Brennan Cole (44) and Skyler Marciel (34) bring down an Analy runner in Friday night’s game.
Things didn’t start well Friday night for the Dragon gridders and it didn’t get any better as the night unfolded as Analy scored early and often en route to a 63-20 win over the Dragons.
Sonoma went three and out on its first possession while Analy marched down the field and scored its first touchdown less than four minutes into the first quarter. The extra point was no good.
A little more than four minutes later, Analy scored a second touchdown, and the Dragons were looking up at a 12-0 deficit.
It grew to 19-0 as an Analy defender picked off a Dan Deely pass at the beginning of the second quarter and ran it back 45 yards for the score.
The Dragons put a quick drive together aided by a 59-yard pass from Deely to Dustin Sloane that put the Dragons in great field position at the Tiger 11. Deely ended up running it in from 1-yard out and with the extra point, Sonoma had narrowed the gap to 19-7.
But on its next possession, another Tiger defender picked off a Deely pass and set Analy up at the Sonoma 30 where they scored on a 30-yard run again giving the Tigers a three-score margin.
Sonoma cut the margin to a dozen points at 26-14 when Deely connected with Brennan Cole on a 4-yard touchdown pass as time expired in the first half.
The teams traded touchdowns to start the third quarter as Analy took less than three minutes to score and the Dragons matched the Tiger touchdown when Deely ran for a score at the 6:45 mark making it 33-20.
But an 80-yard touchdown on the ensuing kickoff return by Analy’s Ja’narrick James, who the Dragons couldn’t stop all night, seemed to take the wind out of Sonoma’s sails.
Aided by two more interceptions in the fourth quarter, the Tigers scored three more touchdowns and a field goal – the last TD with less than two minutes left in the game to make the final 63-20.
Deely was 14-for-34 passing for 150 yards and three interceptions; while Mitch Hood, who took over midway through the fourth quarter, was 1-of-5 for 5 yards and one interception.
Receiving, Cole caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown while Sloane caught four for 81 yards.
On the ground, Deely carried 17 times for 60 yards and two touchdowns, while Cordell Kenniston carried five times picking up 22 yards.
The loss drops the Dragons to 2-3 overall, and 0-1 in SCL play. After a bye week this Friday, the Dragons return to SCL play on Friday, Oct. 5, when they entertain new league foe, Piner, at Arnold Field. It’s also Sonoma’s homecoming.
The junior varsity lost to Analy 36-12 Friday.
Dragons of the week
Dragons of the week are seniors Jonny Amandoli, Brennan Cole and Alex Ohan.
Amandoli, a 6-2, 200 pound defensive end, had an outstanding game defensively including several tackles for a loss, two sacks and an outstanding play on a fourth down when he stopped an Analy ballcarrier.
Cole, a 6-0, 180-pound wide receive and defensive end, had five catches for 55 yards and contributed a sack on defense.
Ohan, a 5-10, 165-pound wide receiver and defensive back, caught three passes, and made several tackles as a defensive back.
The Dragons of the Week are sponsored by Eraldi’s Men’s Wear and Shoes and Broadway Market.